Meet Councillor Jennie Green
I’m Jennie Green, Conservative Councillor for Priestwood and Garth.
My background is in finance and I took the opportunity of early retirement in 2017.
Where would you like to be right now?
In my garden. Getting it sorted has been one of the things I’ve been able to concentrate on since stopping work.
I also enjoy the beach – just sitting outside and watching the sea. It doesn’t have to be abroad, especially as I have 3 dogs who love to come with me.
Where’s your favourite place in Bracknell Forest?
I love walking with my dogs and I can usually be seen in one of the lovely parks in Bracknell every day. Lily Hill Park and Frost Folly are 2 of my favourite morning haunts.
Tell us something not many people know about you
When I was younger I learned to play the piano. I then ended up teaching piano to children to earn money whilst at college.
What makes you angry or gets you annoyed?
I get really annoyed by fly tipping. It just symbolises people not taking full responsibility for their waste and damaging what’s around them. It’s your rubbish, you need to do something about it!
I go and litter pick in the woods near my house to help where I can.
Who or what inspires you?
People with a passion who follow it all the way through. I really like their determination to get things done.
My mother is also an inspiration. She’s 86 and very fit and able, despite having had 2 heart attacks and cancer. She hasn’t given up in any way - I sometimes still find her up a ladder when I go and visit! Spending more time with her is another benefit of early retirement.
Which local charity are you passionate about?
I have recently become a Trustee of Wokingham, Bracknell and District Mencap. It’s a voluntary role where I can put my finance experience to good use. I’m looking forward to meeting more people that Mencap support.
If you had a warning label what would it say?
Bullies Beware! I will always stick up for anyone who is being picked on, especially children and animals.
What did you want to be when you were a child?
Not surprisingly, I wanted to be a vet. I have always loved animals. When I was younger we had a budgie and a mouse, but I really wanted a dog. Every birthday and Christmas I would ask for a dog, but I never got one. I used to walk most of the neighbourhood dogs to make up for it!
What’s the best thing that’s happened to you this week?
My 6 year old grandson came to stay overnight, which was lovely. Then I spent most of the following day with my daughter as well so I enjoyed some great family time.